Living unrushed was more difficult than I thought it would be. Really.
(Okay, maybe unrushed isn’t a real word, but in my life it needs to be.)
I wasn’t aware how much I rush through my days, until I intentionally stopped doing so.
All last week, that was my intention. For seven days.
–To slow life down.
–To not be in a hurry.
–To not be so “busy.”
Mid-week I caught myself in the grocery store moving quicker than I needed to. But that’s what I normally do. How many moments–right in front of me–have I missed from rushing through the grocery store, or worse yet, through my life??
I found myself hurrying through my showers in the mornings. Again, that’s normal for me. Why did I need to rush through my morning routine? Could I be missing something God is trying to show me??
I discovered I often go about my business without looking around me. Without noticing the people in my path, the beauty that’s near me, the situations I could learn from. When did this begin? How much life all around me have I been missing out on??
I had no idea I was living like this!
Awareness can be painful, yet it’s necessary for growth. I also realized many other benefits of living unrushed:
I had less stress. (Yay!)
I felt more rested.
I was able to accomplish just as much, if not more, in the hours of each day.
My food tasted better–because I wasn’t rushing through my meals. (Bonus!)
I connected with those I love in ways I’ve been too “busy” to.
I relaxed more.
I enjoyed driving–because I wasn’t racing to my destination.
I noticed small details like the delicate fragrance of my outdoor blooming flowers, the tallness of the corn in the field behind our home, my son’s entertaining expressions, the sparkle in my husband’s eyes, the wittiness of my darling daughter.
I spent more time talking with God, and listening for His still, small voice.
I desire to make living unrushed a way of life.
Oh, I know I won’t do it perfectly. I won’t be the example to follow. I’ll have to continue to fight against the current of the rush. I imagine I’ll catch myself hurrying when I don’t need to, and scurrying when it’s not necessary.
But I’ve experienced what a week of living unrushed feels like. And it’s wonderful.
Friend, I invite you to join me. I understand it may not be a convenient time. I totally get if you’re up to your eyeballs in a project, or you’re getting your kids settled in a new school year, or you’re finding yourself pulled in many different directions. But I invite you in the rhythm of your life to capture moments of slowing down. To find ways you can be less-hurried (and less-harried!). To intentionally live unrushed. Try it for an hour. A day. Or even a week.
I believe you’ll experience breakthroughs like I did.
We don’t need to be in such a hurry. I’m cheering us all on as we unrush today.
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